Survey shows pedestrians prioritize cell phones over safety

Look both ways before you text. A recent safety study shows a majority of pedestrians are doing just that, prioritizing cell phone use as they cross the road.

The survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance shows that of the 1,000 adults surveyed, 60 percent admitted to listening to music or texting and talking on the phone while walking.

â??Honestly, sometimes Iâ??ve almost walked into polls,â?? said Corey Horn, who crossed Jackson Street in downtown Toledo with a phone to his ear. â??Youâ??re just distracted from the phone and not worrying about whatâ??s going on around you.â??

A 2011 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said 1,152 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after injured while walking and using an electronic device. Although 70 percent of respondents said using electronics while walking is distracting, some in Toledo agreed itâ??s tough to curb the dangerous habits.

â??You get a text or a phone call while youâ??re in the midst of your daily routine and sometimes you get so used to it they you donâ??t even pay attention,â?? said Ronald Robeson. He continued, â??Itâ??s a part of our everyday life nowadays, itâ??s the times weâ??re living in.â??

Survey findings say 55 percent of pedestrians believe texting or emailing while crossing the street is a dangerous activity. Toledo pedestrians told WNWO they try to exercise caution.

â??Sometimes I take my headphones off because sometimes I canâ??t hear cars,â?? said Tre Simms. â??You never know what might happen so youâ??ve got to stay aware.â??